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If I only had $100, I would buy these wines at Vintages

Posted by Susan

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

If I only had $100, I would buy . . .
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, May 28, 2011

California is the main actor in this week’s LCBO Vintages release, with Alsace playing a supporting role. Half the size of France, California is a significant wine region in its own right, producing the majority of U.S. wines. Topography plays a significant role in the California wine industry, creating a range of unique viticultural areas. The cool sea air and fog of the Pacific moderate vineyards in areas such as Carneros while the Mediterranean climate offers hot dry summers with limited rainfall in the sheltered interior, such as the Central Valley. California is home to wine pioneers such as Robert Mondavi, whose Fumé Blanc was first produced in 1966, award-winning wineries such as Stag’s Leap, and proud family-owned estates such as Duckhorn Vinyeards. From a region known as the home of Zinfandel, California’s reputation has broadened to include not only elegant creamy Chardonnays, rich Merlots and full-bodied iconic Cabernet blends, but refined Pinots and delightful sparkling wines such as the Mumm Napa Rosé in this release.

The California wine industry has attracted investment from major European producers, yet continues to be internationally acclaimed for its local viticultural innovation and winemaking excellence. Economic conditions, including a strong Canadian dollar, have led to an increase in the range of quality California wines available, as well as a drop in prices. There’s been a resurgence of interest in California wines across Canada over the last year—make sure you’re a part of it!

The small secondary feature offers such signature Alsatian varietals such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris from highly reputed producers. These wines always delight with their balance, weight and crisp clean fruit flavour. Sprinkled throughout the release is a sure sign of the impending summer weather—a range of rosés including some very tasty ones from Ontario’s 2010 vintage. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample the impressive range of California wines, to enjoy a food-friendly wine from Alsace, and to stock up on versatile rosés for those patio parties. We’re a few pennies over our $100, so I’ll leave it to you to pick and choose!


Hugel & Fils ‘Tradition’ Pinot Gris 2007
AOC Alsace, France
$22.95 (Vintages #118919) 13.0% alcohol

Displaying weight and depth, this is a beautifully crafted wine with a fine silky texture. Dry, medium bodied, the aromas and luscious flavours are of sun-ripened stone fruit, pear and roasted herbs, an elusive floral note persisting. A fresh seam of citrusy acidity carries the fruit through a lingering finish. Delightful now with light meats or seafood, this wine is designed for long-term cellaring.

Featherstone Estate Rosé 2010
VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$14.95 (Vintages #117861) 13.0% alcohol

A pale peachy pink, produced from Cabernet Franc and Gamay, this rosé displays an appealing nose of bright red fruit, mineral and floral notes. Mid-weight, well balanced, it’s dry yet fruity, offering a basketful of fresh berry flavours and a juicy, tangy texture through the refreshing finish. A versatile wine, you’ll enjoy it on its own, with a summer salad or with poached or grilled salmon.

Bonmarito Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Napa Valley, California
$19.95 (Vintages #213918) 14.5% alcohol

Produced from hand-harvested fruit and aged in French and American oak for 19 months, this is a deeply colored, approachable, balanced wine that offers great value. Smoky, toasty notes drift over robust aromas of ripe red and black fruit, summer herbs and cedar. Those delicious ripe fruit flavours replay on the palate, garnished with sweet spiced vanilla and toast. Dry, medium-full bodied, displaying velvety tannins and fine acidity, this wine has a lasting finish and will be a hit with your choice of grilled meats or meat-based pasta.

J. Lohr ‘South Ridge’ Syrah 2009
Paso Robles, California
$18.95 (Vintages #948240) 13.5% alcohol
Inky purple, this dry, full-bodied and fruit-forward wine has intense aromas of dark berries, smoke, toast and licorice. The concentrated dark berry fruit is a star on the palate, with notes of dark toast, spice and pepper, the whole well balanced with smooth tannins and fine acidity. Very appealing and gulpable, this is a good match for grilled meats. Bring on summer!

I Greppi ‘Greppicante’ Bolgheri 2007
DOC Bolgheri, Italy
$23.95 (Vintages #170381) 13.0% alcohol
The enchantment starts in the glass, with a fine ruby hue. Absolutely delectable, this appealing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is fragrant with red berry fruit, toast and a rich floral note. Full bodied, it displays brilliant balance of concentrated fresh berry flavours, fresh acidity and ripe tannins. On the clean finish there’s the lingering pleasure of espresso underlying the rich fruit flavours. Enjoy it now, or over the next several years.

Grand Total: $100.75

More about my blog post: If I only had $100, I would buy…
There is a myriad of wines out there, so it’s often a challenge deciding what to select when the
LCBO Vintages catalogue comes out every two weeks or so. Like a kid in a candy shop, your attention darts from one treat to another, but what to choose . . . Something to serve to your guests this weekend? Something to put away for a special occasion? Something to store for a autumn afternoon?

I recognize that each person’s tastes and preferences are unique. “If I had $100 . . .”, will be posted just prior to LCBO Vintages releases and will highlight unique wines I have tasted that provide good value; the selection will total no more than $100.

Occasionally, I may include an optional wine – you can substitute or add it for a little more or a little less! Print this off as your shopping list knowing that these wines have been selected by a Savvy Sommelier who has sipped, savoured & swirled countless wines before they arrived on the shelves in Vintages.  Hopefully you too will find a new favorite wine.  And when you do, quickly save your pennies to buy a bottle or two more.  Warning that once a wine is gone from a particular Vintages release, that vintage, and sometimes that wine, is gone for good!